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Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Peru

Tips for your travel

How to get here

Once you arrive to Lima, the capital of Peru, you must connect to the city of Cusco. Our team will welcome you there and take you to Explora close to the Urquillos town, in the Sacred Valley of the incas.

Transport Timetable

Pick- up: For travelers not arriving to the hotel from the airport, pickup service is provided from some hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, at 11:00. Ask our reservation team for the specific time. Maximum waiting time from the time set is 15 minutes.

Drop-off: On check-out day, transfer is provided to the airport or to hotels in Cusco and in other places of the Sacred Valley, according to the timetable below.

Cusco Airport: Transfers are scheduled based on the passengers’ flights.
Cusco Hotels: At 09:00 and 14:00 for travelers staying in Cusco.

Sacred Valley Hotels: For travelers staying at another Sacred Valley hotel after Explora, transfers are at 09:00 and 14:00.

Any additional requirement shall be treated as private transportation and additional costs apply. In case of questions, please contact: reserve@explora.com

How to get here

How to get here

Once you arrive to Lima, the capital of Peru, you must connect to the city of Cusco. Our team will welcome you there and take you to Explora close to the Urquillos town, in the Sacred Valley of the incas.

Transport Timetable

Transport Timetable

Pick- up: For travelers not arriving to the hotel from the airport, pickup service is provided from some hotels in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, at 11:00. Ask our reservation team for the specific time. Maximum waiting time from the time set is 15 minutes.

Drop-off: On check-out day, transfer is provided to the airport or to hotels in Cusco and in other places of the Sacred Valley, according to the timetable below.

Cusco Airport: Transfers are scheduled based on the passengers’ flights.
Cusco Hotels: At 09:00 and 14:00 for travelers staying in Cusco.

Sacred Valley Hotels: For travelers staying at another Sacred Valley hotel after Explora, transfers are at 09:00 and 14:00.

Any additional requirement shall be treated as private transportation and additional costs apply. In case of questions, please contact: reserve@explora.com

Required
for all activities

Explora provides travelers with trekking poles, helmets and riding gaiters for horseback rides and give them a bottle of water.

  • Baseball cap
  • Polar/ Wool/ Windstopper hat
  • 1st layer: Layer top and bottom
  • 2nd layer: Fleece
  • 3rd layer: Waterproof Jacket
  • 4rd layer: DownJacket
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve T-shirts
  • Thin Fleece
  • Trekking pants and trekking shorts
  • Trekking socks (long)
  • Trekking boots
  • Rain Pants
  • Waterproof gaiters
  • Sunglasses
  • Buff or neck gaiter
  • Small back pack (25 lts)*

*Backpacks with a capacity over 20 lts are not allowed in Machu Picchu.

Optional:

  • Repelent
  • Sandals
  • Bathing Suit
Optional
for all activities
What to Bring to Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in: Check-in takes place as of 13:00 p.m.

Check-out: Travelers have to check-out at 10:00 a.m. and can only take a half-day exploration. If so, check-out must be done before leaving for the exploration and explora will take care of the luggage.

Exploration to Machu Picchu

During this full-day exploration, we visit the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most amazing architectural examples of Inca culture and one of the Wonders of the World.

Our exploration to Machu Picchu is offered in two different options:

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, it includes a hike of 1.5 km (0,9 miles) to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, the ancient checkpoint to the citadel.
  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the exploration does not include the hike to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.

Both options consider a guided tour of approximately three hours among the main archaeological remains.

The exploration must be coordinated in advance with our reservation team to be able to purchase the train tickets to Aguas Calientes and the entrance fee to Machu Picchu, which has limited daily spaces. During the high season, we suggest that you coordinate this exploration with at least 50 days in advance.

Altitude

The city of Cusco is located some 11,200 ft.a.s.l. (3,400 m.a.s.l. ), while Explora in the Sacred Valley is located at 9,514 f.a.s.l. (2,900 m.a.s.l). This altitude allows travelers to start their trip with a less intense acclimatizing process, which is particularly favorable after a long international trip.

All our explorations take place between 9,186 to 15,719 ft. a.s.l. (2,800 and 4,700 m.a.s.l. ); hence our guests must carry out an acclimatizing process allowing them to adjust gradually to the altitude. We recommend our guests to thoroughly follow the entire process in order to be able to choose explorations of increasing intensity and time length. Each exploration is selected together with the guide in charge and the rest of the group travelers. For the safety of our guests, each exploration will be subject to weather conditions.

Climate

Due to Cusco’s elevation and closeness to the Equator, a wide range of weathers are generated. However, two main seasons stand out, each of which has its unique attractions.

The dry season from April to October has plenty of sunlight and occasional night frosts, July being the coldest month with average temperatures of 49.5°F (9.7°C). The rainy season from November to March, on the other hand, has average temperatures of 55.9°F (13.3°C) and occasional medium intensity showers, all of them typical for the dynamic subtropical weather. Annual temperatures range from 32.4 °F (0.2 °C ) to 69.6 °F ( 20.9 °C ), but there can be temperatures close to 16°F (−8.9 °C ) and 86°F (30 °C ).

Tips

Tips are voluntary.

If you wish to leave any, you can do so at the hotel reception at the end of your stay. It will be distributed among all those who contributed to making your trip a unique experience. We suggest leaving USD 100 per day per room.

Check-in Check-out

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in: Check-in takes place as of 13:00 p.m.

Check-out: Travelers have to check-out at 10:00 a.m. and can only take a half-day exploration. If so, check-out must be done before leaving for the exploration and explora will take care of the luggage.

Exploration to Machu Picchu

Exploration to Machu Picchu

During this full-day exploration, we visit the famous historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu, one of the most amazing architectural examples of Inca culture and one of the Wonders of the World.

Our exploration to Machu Picchu is offered in two different options:

  • On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, it includes a hike of 1.5 km (0,9 miles) to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku, the ancient checkpoint to the citadel.
  • On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the exploration does not include the hike to the Sun Gate or Inti Punku.

Both options consider a guided tour of approximately three hours among the main archaeological remains.

The exploration must be coordinated in advance with our reservation team to be able to purchase the train tickets to Aguas Calientes and the entrance fee to Machu Picchu, which has limited daily spaces. During the high season, we suggest that you coordinate this exploration with at least 50 days in advance.

Altitude

Altitude

The city of Cusco is located some 11,200 ft.a.s.l. (3,400 m.a.s.l. ), while Explora in the Sacred Valley is located at 9,514 f.a.s.l. (2,900 m.a.s.l). This altitude allows travelers to start their trip with a less intense acclimatizing process, which is particularly favorable after a long international trip.

All our explorations take place between 9,186 to 15,719 ft. a.s.l. (2,800 and 4,700 m.a.s.l. ); hence our guests must carry out an acclimatizing process allowing them to adjust gradually to the altitude. We recommend our guests to thoroughly follow the entire process in order to be able to choose explorations of increasing intensity and time length. Each exploration is selected together with the guide in charge and the rest of the group travelers. For the safety of our guests, each exploration will be subject to weather conditions.

Climate

Climate

Due to Cusco’s elevation and closeness to the Equator, a wide range of weathers are generated. However, two main seasons stand out, each of which has its unique attractions.

The dry season from April to October has plenty of sunlight and occasional night frosts, July being the coldest month with average temperatures of 49.5°F (9.7°C). The rainy season from November to March, on the other hand, has average temperatures of 55.9°F (13.3°C) and occasional medium intensity showers, all of them typical for the dynamic subtropical weather. Annual temperatures range from 32.4 °F (0.2 °C ) to 69.6 °F ( 20.9 °C ), but there can be temperatures close to 16°F (−8.9 °C ) and 86°F (30 °C ).

Tips

Tips

Tips are voluntary.

If you wish to leave any, you can do so at the hotel reception at the end of your stay. It will be distributed among all those who contributed to making your trip a unique experience. We suggest leaving USD 100 per day per room.